In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific
For a thousand years, Polynesians have inhabited a vast triangle of the Pacific with its points at New Zealand, Easter Island and Hawai’i. This wide-ranging account follows the journeys of the first Europeans in the region, and records their puzzlement at how a people with Stone-Age technology could have conquered 10 million square miles of ocean. It then draws on both Polynesian oral histories and the latest science to trace their origins and convey the magnitude of their achievement.
Makers of the Modern World: WF Massey
New Zealand’s wartime Prime Minister, William Massey went to the Peace Conference to fight for his country’s interests, including recognition of its wartime sacrifice; a strong, united Empire and imperial preference in trade; and practical measures against future German aggression. Slightly off-mint.
Devils on Horses
In the Words of the Anzacs in the Middle East 1916–19
Drawing on a large selection of personal diaries and letters as well as other archival material, newspaper reports and memoirs, this book describes the long campaign of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles against the Turks in the Sinai Peninsula from 1916-1918.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut kidnapped a young nobleman, Dako, from an island off the coast of New Guinea, to exhibit him in Broadway shows. Based on newly discovered archives, this book tells their story for the first time. Alternating between the perspectives of captor and captive, it records the growing friendship between the two men, explores Morrell’s ambiguous character, and charts the return journey that brought Dako back to his homeland.
The Savage Shore
Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery
Several months after the Dutch yacht Gilt Dragon set sail for the East Indies, it foundered off the coast of ‘Southland’. The ship broke up, but 73 survivors made it ashore, a few of whom would sail 2,500 miles in a shuyt to fetch help. This was 1653, over a century before Cook’s ‘discovery’ of Australia. These maritime tales present many of the early and often fabled encounters with Australia, its perilous coastline and indigenous population.
The Great Race
Described by The Times as 'an epic tale told concisely and confidently', this book recounts the European 'discovery' and initial exploration of Australia, then concentrates on the rivalry between Matthew Flinders of England and Nicolas Baudin of France in the quest to chart the coast of the Great South Land and compile the definitive map of the continent. Working from first-hand accounts including diaries, Hill celebrates the courage and determination that fuelled their danger-filled voyages.
The Kamikaze Hunters
Fighting for the Pacific, 1945
The final effort of the Second World War against Japan is remembered as mainly an American affair, but the British fleet was there too and British airmen flying from carriers, mostly in leased American Corsair planes. This book recounts those last days of the Pacific War through the eyes of the Royal Navy pilots who flew hundreds of missions over Japan and in the face of desperate Japanese kamikaze attacks during the summer of 1945.